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Demon-Summoning, Mysticism, and Egos

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick.goetia,alt.christnet.demonology,alt.satanism
From: (SOD of the CoE)
Subject: Re: Demon-Summoning, Mysticism, and Egos (was Transformative ...)
Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2002 07:50:00 GMT

50021224 VII

Joseph :
> ...what is a "Demon"?  Ontologically or otherwise.  

typically a spirit, when categorized in this manner,
is antagonistic to the speaker in some way (whether 
actually adversarial to the speaker's religious 
tradition, or perceived this way *by* the speaker, 
is difficult to know).

> I am relatively clear on the concept of "Mysticism, 
> Ego & Transformation" and am even familiar with the
> classical Greek usage of "Daimonion".  

that last is a new one on me. if you'd care to say
anything on it (daimonion), I'd enjoy that greatly.

> However i am wondering if it might help, in a general 
> or specific sense, for the correspondents in this
> epistemological epiphonema, that they might define
> their terms.

I was attempting to be expansive and inclusive in my
meaning, not to exclude any conventional perspective,
whether therapeutic (as Gnome has stated his goetia
is primarily-intended) in which demons are internal
aspects of consciousness that may be integrated by
communication and communion, or conventional and even
unconventional approaches, in which demons are said
to be external agents whose wildness or antagonism 
to certain characters/mystics (e.g. Christians) 
prohibits these magicians from civil interaction
(Solomonic magicians sometimes take pains to protect 
themselves through absorption in the majesty of their
god's (and their god's agents/messengers') power, 
intending the treatment of the demon as a kind of
wild animal which may be exploited for profit.

I'm not sure it would matter much how many of our
terms we determined ahead of time as long as length
of posting is problematic and depth of discussion
dissuades continued participation. ;>

my intent is to enlarge the discussion and attempt
to respect the positions of participants even while
I may strongly oppose them.

blessed beast!

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